Now that I am 60 years old I am officially an old man and have the accompanying rights to be a curmudgeon. One of the curmudgeon rights is the airing of grievances. There are a lot of things in my life that give me great pleasure, a beautiful and understanding wife, wonderful and successful daughters and their husbands and the world’s best grandson. I get a ton of pleasure from all of these things and the joy of living. I look forward to coming home from work at the end of the day and enjoying a sip of good bourbon by the fireplace before turning in for the night.
I have always liked bourbon but came to love it when I was a graduate student at the University of Kentucky in the early 1980s. I was a broke 25 year old student toiling over dissertation research and living apart from my family. Did I mention that I was as poor as a church mouse? Drinking good Kentucky bourbon was practically a graduation requirement at UK. We could get some fine bourbon for not a lot of money. Getting caught drinking a certain whiskey from Tennessee was practically grounds for dismissal from the University. Over the 30+ years since I lived in Central Kentucky, my love of good bourbon has only grown.
To express my affection for bourbon, I have resolved to write about some bourbon related issues that trouble me. These are my airing of grievances. I had considered preparing articles for submission in one of the print bourbon periodicals or even writing a bourbon book. However, I am in possession of neither the bourbon expertise nor literary skills of people like Chuck Cowdery, Michael Veach or Goeff Kleinman. There is a certain license for poor writing skill that comes with posting thought on the Internet. I will promise to not use emotocons, emogees or common abbreviations like IHO, LOL or BTW.
Over the next few weeks I will be posting my thoughts on several bourbon topics. Please keep in mind that these are my thoughts and opinions as a lifelong bourbon drinker. Do not be offended if I am critical of your favorite drink. To the greatest extent possible I will try to not name specific brands but will speak to general classes of bourbons such as flavored bourbon, double aged, limited releases, etc. I am only saying that these are my thoughts and do not necessary apply to anyone other than me. I would be pleased to stimulate discourse from other bourbon aficionados who dissent or are in agreement. I value the opinions of the members of the bourbon loving community and look forward to stimulating discussion.